Law and Legislation: Legislation
 

Lobbying

 

To the extent that animal protection legislation has been enacted on the federal, state and local levels of American government, it is in large measure because of lobbying efforts made by proponents of those laws.

International Society for Animal Rights, like all 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations, is prohibited from engaging in all but a negligible amount of lobbying in favor of, or in opposition to, pending legislation.  Because the line between allowable and unallowable lobbying is so faint, and the costs of crossing that line potentially so costly, as a matter of corporate policy for many years ISAR has chosen to do none at all.

This doesn’t mean, however, that ISAR can’t support the process of lobbying in principle and, pursuant to our role as a humane educational organization, provide information about lobbying in general and about specific legislation, leaving the propounding of, or opposition to, those laws to those who have no formal connection with International Society for Animal Rights. 

One of the most thorough expositions of the art and science of lobbying on behalf of animals is found in materials and presentations of Julie Lewin’s National Institute for Animal Advocacy.  Here is the table of contents of her book entitled Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws They Need

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